Facet joint syndrome (also referred to as facet joint osteoarthritis or spinal arthritis) is characterized by the wearing down of cartilage in the facet joints. The facet joints are small grooves that connect each of the vertebrae together, working in a fluid-like motion to provide both stability and flexibility. Whether you’re walking, running, jumping, bending or performing just about any other type of physical activity, the facet joints come into play. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the cartilage lining these joints to wear down over time, resulting in the condition known as facet joint syndrome.
Individuals suffering from facet joint syndrome may experience moderate-to-severe pain stretching throughout their back. Normally, the soft cartilage in the facet joints acts as a shield to absorb pressure. When this cartilage is worn, however, the vertebrae bones rub directly against one another, creating a painful, often debilitating sensations.
The single most commonly reported symptom of facet joint syndrome is pain. Nearly everyone who suffers from this condition reports backs pain. With that said, there are other symptoms associated with this condition as well, such as the inability to turn one’s body left or right, difficulty standing up, poor posture, numbness or tingling sensation in the back, pain after sitting for long periods of time, abnormal spinal curvature.
If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your chiropractor immediately. Allowing facet joint syndrome to remain untreated will only result in the condition becoming progressively worse. The intensity of the symptoms will multiply, creating an even greater level of pain and discomfort.
There are several different factors which play a role in facet joint syndrome, one of which is overexertion. Sports athletes and workers who perform physical labor for long periods of time are placed at risk for this condition due to the constant stress placed on the vertebrae. Bending and moving the vertebrae day after day will gradually wear down the supporting cartilage; thus, resulting in the condition known as facet joint syndrome.
Other risk factors of facet joint syndrome include obesity, genetics (if the condition runs in your family, you have a higher risk of developing it), osteoarthritis, poor posture, physical injury and/or trauma to the spine. Of course, these are just a few of the many factors known to play a role in the degradation of cartilage supporting the vertebrae.
A professional chiropractor can often provide relief of facet joint syndrome. While there’s no way to rebuild the worn cartilage surrounding the vertebrae, a chiropractor can provide guidance on how to slow down or even stop its destructive progress. In addition, they may also recommend a series of manual adjustments or alignments to provide greater spinal stability.
Call or email the staff at AtlantaChiroAndWellness.com to schedule an appointment.Share